In my opinion, the movie Motorcycle Diaries offers an important message to live by: “Deja que el mundo te cambie y podrás cambiar el mundo” (“Let the world change you, and you can change the world”). Before we can create positive change for ourselves and for others, we first need to discover the world around us and be changed by our experience.
The fact is that we live in a world where obesity is an epidemic, but where 850 million people are malnourished. We live in a world where advanced medicine has allowed those who can afford it to enjoy longer life expectancies, but where millions die too soon due to war, starvation, and curable diseases.
As privileged Americans, most of us will never know what it is like to go hungry. When we are sick, we simply seek treatment from a doctor, and we can sleep safe in our comfortable homes with no worries of being wakened by gunshots. In fact, we could live quite a happy life busying ourselves with our career and our family, while turning a blind eye to the tragic realities of the rest of the world.
However, as a compassionate individual, I believe that it is absolutely necessary to assume the responsibility of helping others who are less fortunate. I hope that we can begin to embody the quote on a meaningful level as I firmly believe that traveling the world offers a unique learning experience and a chance for personal development and growth. We can develop a new perspective of our own life and have a much more genuine appreciation for all of the privileges that we enjoy. In addition, it provides us with the opportunities to step out of our comfort zone, to let go of our inhibitions, to take more risks, and to stop being so apathetic. I believe that we need to be more open-minded and receptive to meeting new people and learning about their beliefs, cultures, opinions, etc. rather than simply ignoring them.